How to Plan Char Dham Yatra by Own Car in 2023

Discover the ultimate guide on how to plan a Char Dham Yatra in 2023 by your own car. From navigating the best routes, to obtaining permits and finding comfortable accommodation.

Visit the char dham temples Kedarnath Badrinath, gangotri and yamunotri.

Begin your preparation for Char Dham Yatra by making a comprehensive list of items and necessities. Make sure that you have all the necessary documents such as valid driving license, registration papers for your car, insurance papers, emergency contact numbers and all other important details required for the journey. 

Research the route:

  • Research different routes to the four pilgrimage sites (Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath).
  • Decide on the route that is most suitable for your car and the time you have available for the journey.
  • Familiarize yourself with the road conditions, distance, and estimated travel time for each leg of the journey.
  • Check for any road closures or restrictions that may affect your route.
  • Look for alternate routes in case of any roadblocks or diversions.
  • Keep in mind the altitude and weather of the area, as it can vary greatly between the different pilgrimage sites.
  • Plan your journey considering the weather and road conditions of the area.

Obtain necessary permits:

  • Some areas on the route may require special permits for entry, such as wildlife or forest areas.
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) for certain areas.
  • Keep in mind that permit requirements can vary depending on the time of year and current government regulations.
  • Check with the local authority or the district administration for the latest rules and regulations regarding the permits.
  • Be aware of the expiry date of the permit and plan your journey accordingly.
  • Check for any COVID-19 related permits or rules for the specific area.

Check car fitness:

  • Make sure your car is in good working condition before starting the journey.
  • Service the car and make any necessary repairs, such as replacing brakes, tires, battery, and other parts.
  • Check the lighting and signaling systems, brakes, and windshield wipers.
  • Check for any warning lights or unusual noises when driving.
  • Make sure to carry necessary tool kit and spare parts for the car.
  • Check for the vehicle’s ground clearance, as the road can be rough and rocky in the mountainous area.

Pack essentials:

  1. Car maintenance items (spare tire, jack, tools).
  2. First aid kit.
  3. Personal hygiene items.
  4. Clothing and rain gear.
  5. Food and water supplies.
  6. Maps and navigation tools.
  7. Cash and important documents (ID, insurance).
  8. Emergency contact information.
  9. Sleeping gear (tent, sleeping bag).
  10. Camera and extra batteries.

Other things are:

  1. Cookware and utensils
  2. Water purification tools
  3. Campground reservations or information
  4. Hotel or guesthouse reservations
  5. Local restaurant recommendations
  6. Special dietary needs (vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.)
  7. Food storage containers and garbage bags.

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